co+labo radović aSAUD 2O2O: Davisi Boontharm on creative reuse and requalification
Professor Davisi Boontharm of Meiji University I-AUD and a prominent co+labo associate since the foundation of Laboratory Radović will present the latest in her pet research theme - creative reuse and requalification across urban and architectural scales. Davisi explains that her lecture "focuses on the significance of requalification in resource approach to sustainable city. It starts with criticism of the sectorial way of thinking about material objects and an inadequacy of instrumentalized ecological philosophy associated with such thinking and establishes the need for transdisciplinary approaches to the production of knowledge about the material objects and spaces.
She argues that sensitive requalification of existing resources and built environments generates novel and culturally attuned qualities. The discussion of several cases of requalification across scales portrays various degrees of complexity and demonstrates how those practices correspond to the more profound eco-cultural sensibility. Lastly, we examine the crucial roles of art and design in requalification, which have the capacity to celebrate the non-measurable values of objects and spaces. Seen as an active synergy between the culture of reuse and local creativities, requalification provides a workable alternative to the practices driven by dominant global, capital-led development agendas, which generate the unsustainable sameness across the world."